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NBA Finals Game One Officiating Grade

Posted by GreenBanner18 on June 4, 2010 at 12:14 AM

D+

 

**Disclaimer-- This is not a post saying the Celtics lost due to officiating**

 

If you would like to rank my grading system, Game 5 against Orlando in the Eastern Conference Finals was an "F". All I'm saying is, lets be realistic, this was an awful showcase in a huge series for the officials to be this bad. The stereotype of the NBA is that the officials are terrible, and this game was no different.

 

They were extremely inconsistent to say the least. One moment they would be extremely ticky tack, then the next minute they would let contact go. In the first quarter alone, there were nearly 20 personal fouls called. The game finished with 54 personal fouls. Did the players just suddenly start playing better defense? No... The calls were very inconsistent.

 

The game started where about 30 seconds in, a double tech was handed out to Pierce and Artest. There was absolutely no need for that. Both players went down, and got up. This crap needs to be reviewed and looked at so headcase refs who are in the heat of the moment don't just hand out technical fouls like they are candy.

 

As for Ray Allen, he wasn't allowed ANY contact on Kobe. Kobe got exactly what he wanted, when he wanted it because no one could touch the guy. Ray's 5th fouls was a joke to say the least, nevermind what the other 4 were...

 

It was both ways, though. From Derek Fisher not touching Ray, to Ron Artest just sticking his butt out and hitting Ray. That junk is not fouls. This is playoff basketball. The officiating did not allow for a physical game. Who's favor does that work in? The team who plays the finesse game, and not the suffocating defense.

 

The game was hard to watch from start to finish for an array of reasons, one of which was the "professional" officials.

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3 Comments

Reply JSKCKNIT
12:48 AM on June 4, 2010 
According to the 2009-2010 Official NBA Rule Book, the refs are allowed to use replay to review unsportsman like acts. I don't know why they choose not to use it. These double techs are out of hand.
Reply GreenBanner18
2:16 AM on June 4, 2010 
And that is exactly what Perk will get his 7th for... I don't think its a matter of if but when.. The refs have no idea whats going on so they just slap a T on both players involved..
Reply Stew Winkel
8:51 AM on June 4, 2010 
I think David Stern likely sent a clear message to his officials for the Finals - no fights. His biggest fear has to be Artest losing his cool and something happening - which would not only be the story of the finals, but would also cause everyone to bring the brawl in Detroit back up. If I had to guess, I would say Stern would rather see a Tim Joyce-like officiating error than see a fight in the game. It was clear from very early on, the refs were calling every minor touch - and it was both ways, but a game officiated like that clearly benefits the Lakers. If a game is being called tight, there is no way to defend Kobe.